ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Castleton men's golf team finished 10th overall at the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship on Sunday, as Zach Temple shot a two-under-par score of 70.
The Spartans shot one stroke better on day two than on day one, but finished three positions lower as 11 out of 15 teams posted improved scores on the second day of competition. Castleton's two-day total of 627 was just three strokes behind the two eighth-place teams—Penn. State-Behrend and Mount St. Mary. New York University held onto its day-one lead to win the tournament with a team score of 584 over two days, finishing one stroke better than St. John Fisher and Rutgers-Camden.
Temple's day-two round of 70 (-2) was his best of the season and helped him finish inside the top 10 at seventh overall with a two-day total of 145. The senior was one of just 11 golfers in the 91-person field to go under par on the day. He went two-under on the front nine, sparked by chip-in birdie on the second hole, and made six total birdies on the day.
Jon Benson finished second on the team through two days, recording a total of 160 (83, 77). Luke Salerno shot rounds of 80 (+8) and 82 (+10) for a total of 162 to finish third on the squad, while Jacob Erwin rounded out the scoring for Castleton with rounds of 80 (+8) and 84 (+12) (164).
Eric Tarakjian of NYU was the overall winner of the event, shooting a total of 141 (71, 70). Karl Deuble (St. John Fisher) finished second, just one stroke behind Tarakjian, while Jensen Li (NYU) and Nick Calabrese (St. John Fisher) tied for third with two-day totals of 143.
Castleton is off until Oct. 15 when it will compete in the North Atlantic Conference Championship hosted by Husson in Bangor, Maine.